Saturday, August 14, 2010

Say no to Enbridge

Oil pipelines along rivers just isn't a good idea. End of story.
Enbridge has closed off Line 6B, a pipe with 190,000 barrels of capacity, since a late July rupture sent 19,500 barrels of crude leaking into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. In so doing, it has shut off an important sales valve for Western Canadian crude and triggered an escalating set of problems.

Not only has the Alberta oil patch been forced to juggle barrels through a limited network of jammed pipe, it is now also contending with prices that have dropped substantially, eroding profitability across a broad swath of the industry.
Save the last pristine watershed in British Columbia. This is a no-brainer. Very nice to see people outside of the Terrace/Kitimat area talking about this. The area needs development. It has needed development since the 1970s but it's been a slow downward spiral in population since then and an upward climb in unemployment rates. The kind of perfect storm for a large multinational to come in and develop with very little resistance.

But there should be resistance. Big time. This is one of the most beautiful areas on the planet. Do nothing until the right thing comes along, that's what I'm thinking.

1 comment:

ritawong said...

Thanks for posting this! There'll be a protest against the Enbridge pipeline at noon on Aug 31, joined by the folks who've been biking the length of the Fraser for salmon: http://www.ripplerelay.ca/

Recently, I was horrified to find the Trans Mountain petroleum pipeline at Fraser Crossing, near the headwaters of the Fraser. A 24" diameter pipeline already goes underneath the Fraser River there, and another 36" diameter pipeline addition is planned, more than doubling the capacity. How can they do this through provincial and national parks?! so much for "protected" "wilderness"...